7 Best All-Inclusive Cruise Lines in the World

Only a few cruise lines can accurately claim to be fully all-inclusive.
Seabourn Pool Deck
(Photo: Seabourn)
  • Many cruise companies bundle food-and-beverage packages and other perks into the up-front cost, but only a few are truly all-inclusive cruise lines.
  • These major cruise lines stand out for their luxe offerings and truly all-inclusive approach to cruising.

While many cruise lines offer food-and-beverage packages and other inclusive options, only a few can accurately claim to be fully all-inclusive. Most all-inclusive cruise lines tend to offer high-end luxury cruises, and typically these cruises have a large up-front cost with little to no final bill at the end of the voyage.

For most all-inclusive cruise lines, the price covers a double occupancy stateroom, the majority of meals and gratuities; onboard activities; laundry service; and all drinks, including alcoholic beverages, bottled water, soft drinks, etc.; plus taxes and fees. Some also offer free onboard Wi-Fi, flights, specialty dining, and many activities and shore excursions. What’s not typically included even on all-inclusive cruise lines are premium purchases such as spa treatments and top-shelf spirits.

And while these lines cover a lot, keep in mind that there are usually optional activities outside of the parameters of the all-inclusive cruise, which would cost extra.

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The Best All-Inclusive Cruise Lines in the World

Several major ocean cruise lines, along with smaller and more intimate cruise companies, operate as fully all-inclusive. At the top of our list are Regent Seven Seas, Scenic, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Virgin Voyages, and Azamara. Here’s what you should know about each of these all-inclusive cruise lines.

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Splendor (Photo: RSSC)
Regent Seven Seas is an all-inclusive luxury cruise line with six ships (Photo: RSSC)

All-inclusive cruises with Regent Seven Seas come with a hefty price tag, but each of its six ships are a nearly perfect example of luxury at sea. And because the luxury fleet sails to 500+ ports of call, you can go pretty much anywhere in the world in a high-end cruise environment, a place where nearly every expense is included in the up-front cruise price.

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What’s Included on Regent Seven Seas Cruises

An all-inclusive cruise with Regent Seven Seas includes round-trip airfare (in business class for cruises that embark from an overseas departure port), airport-to-ship transfers, 24-hour room service, open bar, gratuities, Wi-Fi, laundry service, and unlimited shore excursions. There are also occasional offers that add on things like complimentary pre- and post-cruise overnight hotel stays or two-for-one cruise fares.

Rooms on Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The all-suite rooms on each Regent Seven Seas all-inclusive cruise are beautifully designed to give you ample space to spread out and enjoy your private space. Different room categories offer a variety of layouts, but each is designed with luxury in mind. Each room also has a verandah.

Optional Extras on Regent Seven Seas

Nearly everything is included when you book an all-inclusive cruise with Regent Seven Seas, but optional extras may include spa treatments or special activities such as cooking classes. 

2. Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours

Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica (Photo: Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours)
Scenic Luxury Cruises pairs luxury and adventure aboard its yachts and ships (Photo: Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours)

Known for over-the-top luxury paired with once-in-a-lifetime adventures, Scenic Luxury Cruises offers all-inclusive river cruises and ocean voyages that are all about experiential travel in some of the world’s most spectacular places.

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What’s Included on Scenic Luxury Cruises

With Scenic, an all-inclusive cruise means full onboard butler service, dining experiences with cocktails, free Wi-Fi, an in-suite mini-bar refreshed daily, spa experiences (including meditation classes, aromatherapy showers, and saunas), and transportation to and from the airport. Gratuities are covered in the cost of your cruise, including gratuities for shore excursions. Also included are shore excursions and special onboard programs led by destination and subject matter experts.

Scenic Luxury Cruises sometimes offers two-for-one specials (i.e., “second guest sails free”) on select ocean voyages. Solo travelers can sometimes take advantage of waived solo supplement charges on select sailings.

Rooms on Scenic Luxury Cruises

All of Scenic’s ships offer suites with adjustable Scenic Slumber Beds and luxury linens and bath products, plus a pillow menu. Depending on the vessel, rooms have separate sleeping and lounge areas, ambient lighting, private verandas (some with the Scenic Sun Lounge system, which allows you to transform a balcony into a conservatory with the touch of a button).

Optional Extras on Scenic Luxury Cruises

Helicopters and submarine excursions are not included in the all-inclusive price and come at an additional cost. One-on-one spa treatments and fitness classes are also extra. 

3. Seabourn Cruises

Seabourn Ovation Wintergarden Suite
Seabourn’s seven all-suite vessels emphasize comfort, intimacy, and food (Photo: Seabourn)

All-inclusive cruises on Seabourn have a distinct country club vibe. Carrying just a few hundred passengers per ship, each of Seabourn’s seven all-suite vessels emphasize comfort, intimacy, and perhaps most of all, food. All onboard restaurants are included in the price of your cruise, including The Grill by Thomas Keller.

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What’s Included on Seabourn Cruises

The cruise price on Seabourn ships includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, specialty dining experiences, onboard activities, use of water sports equipment, some shore excursions, and gratuities. Some specially priced packages also include round-trip airfare as well as pre-cruise hotel stays.

Rooms on Seabourn Cruises

Seabourn’s cruise ships feature all-suite accommodations with custom beds, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with full tub, shower, and luxury products. There’s an in-suite bar with complimentary wine and spirits. And each stateroom includes a suite host and suit attendant, who can do everything from draw you a bath to personalize your nightly turndown service.

Optional Extras on Seabourn Cruises

Wi-Fi, airfare, spa services, and most shore excursions are not part of Seabourn’s all-inclusive cruise rate.

4. Silversea Cruises

Classic Veranda Suite ADA, Silver Endeavour
Silversea takes all-inclusive to the next level, with round-trip airfare, private airport transfers, butler service, and more (Photo: Silversea Cruises)

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive cruise that will take care of every detail of your trip from the moment you leave home until the moment you return (including privately chauffeured door-to-door transfers to and from your home), Silversea is the cruise line for you. With sailings that call on 900 destinations, the options feel nearly endless. Silversea’s ships max out at 250 staterooms (most are smaller), so the experience feels exclusive and intimate.

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What’s Included on Silversea Cruises

In addition to private airport transfers, Silversea cruises include round-trip airfare, butler service, Wi-Fi, laundry services, one shore excursion per port, onboard entertainment (including dancing and cooking lessons), all meals, most alcoholic beverages, and a pre-cruise hotel stay.

Rooms on Silversea Cruises

All Silversea’s suites feature ocean views, and most staterooms have private teak verandahs. All suites include the services of a butler, who will customize your stateroom with optional amenities like personalized stationery, your favorite wines, and select toiletries. Rooms feel bright and airy, with separate living and sleeping areas.

Optional Extras on Silversea Cruises

Spa treatments and top-shelf wines and spirits are not included in the cruise price.

5. Viking Ocean Cruises

Infinity Pool on Viking Ocean Cruise
Viking Cruises’ all-inclusive and adult-only (18+) experience includes shore excursions and meals (Photo: Viking Cruises)

While it doesn’t consider itself a luxury cruise line, Viking Cruises offers top-of-the-line cruises that most people would consider “trip of a lifetime” material. Viking cruises are also kid-free (no one under the age of 18), which makes its all-inclusive cruises perfect for adult couples and groups of friends.

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What’s Included on Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking’s all-inclusive price includes non-alcoholic drinks and some alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner, a shore excursion in each port, access to the spa’s thermal suite, various fitness classes, 24-hour room service, laundry services, free Wi-Fi, and airport transfers. Some special promotions also include round-trip airfare.

Rooms on Viking Ocean Cruises

Because there are no interior staterooms on Viking cruises, every room comes with a verandah. Rooms range in size from a modest 270 square feet to an enormous 1,448 square feet. Amenities are based on what room type is purchased, but all rooms include a spacious bathroom and a king-sized bed. 

Optional Extra on Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking’s all-inclusive cruise prices do not include spa treatments, gratuities, or cocktails. 

6. Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Mezcal Bar
Scarlet Lady is Virgin Voyages’ luxury cruise ship, and offers adults (18 and up) an all-inclusive cruise experience (Photo: Virgin Voyages)

Another all-inclusive cruise line known for its adults-only voyages (passengers must be at least 18 years old), Virgin Voyages is geared more toward younger adults than empty nesters and retirees. It sails to destinations around the world, including the South Pacific, Europe, and the Caribbean on its “Lady” ships (Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady, Resilient Lady, and the Brilliant Lady). 

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What’s Included on Virgin Voyages

Virgin’s approach to 24-hour dining is what really sets is apart from others (read our full review here). Instead of buffets, Virgin’s all-inclusive sailings invite guests to dine at nearly two dozen different specialty restaurants onboard.

Each cruise with Virgin Voyages also includes Wi-Fi, tips and gratuities, theatrical productions, and group workouts. Non-alcoholic drinks are also included, but alcoholic beverages are sold at a per drink price starting at $5.

Rooms on Virgin Voyages

Virgin’s cabins range from interior with a porthole view to elaborate suites. By its count, 86% of its staterooms come with its signature “Sea Terrace Hammock,” a perfect way to kick back and rock with the gentle lolling of the ship on your terrace. Staterooms feel modern and sleek, and suites are over-the-top affairs with lots of extras like curated in-room bars, roomy balconies, and private lounge access.

Optional Extras on Virgin Voyages

Spa treatments, alcoholic beverages, and shore excursions are not included in the cost. And if you decide to get a tattoo at sea at Squid Ink, that’s on both you and your bill. 

7. Azamara

Azamara all-inclusive cruise ship in Corsica (Photo: Azamara)
Azamara all-inclusive cruise ships accommodate about 700 passengers each (Photo: Azamara)

Azamara’s luxury cruise ships are small (each ship can accommodate roughly 700 guests) and feel more like boutique hotels than mega cruise liners. With fewer guests than most other all-inclusive cruise lines, Azamara is able to cater to its guests in a more personal way.

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What’s Included on Azamara Cruises

Included with your all-inclusive booking are gratuities for staff, select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, self-service laundry, shuttle service to and from port, and concierge service. Each room also has fresh-cut flowers delivered, which is a nice luxury touch.

Rooms on Azamara Cruises

Azamara ships have traditional staterooms and suites. Most rooms come with balconies where you can enjoy the sunrise or to take in the view as you leave each day’s port of call. No matter which category of stateroom you select, you will have access to an onboard Destination Celebration or “AzAmazing Evenings” event (generally private VIP tours of cultural interest). The most luxurious class of rooms, however, also come with butler service, afternoon tea, in-room spirits, specialty dining seating, and an onboard credit.

Optional Extras on Azamara Cruises

Shore excursions, spa services, and transportation from your home to the ship are not include in the all-inclusive cruise price with Azamara.

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